The brutal police murder of #RonnieShumpert, a 37 y/o father of 5 in Tupelo, Mississippi, is a modern day lynching.
A police dog bit his testicles off, his teeth were knocked out, and then he was shot 4 times.
He was unarmed and pulled over for a traffic violation.
“I’m poorly trained and a bit of a bigot,” while a distinct possibility, is simply not a phrase we’re likely to hear come out of an officer’s mouth when explaining the use of force in America.
Consequently, the initial reports from local media outlets when police have used lethal force often read like the script from a heroic Captain America film with clear cut good guys who were forced to kill the law-breaking villains because they simply had no other choice.
The reality is rarely that cut and dry. Getting to the truth of a case of police brutality, particularly if the only other witness to the brutality is now dead, sometimes requires us to wade through a gauntlet of conflicting media and witness reports to search for a few small clues that something is just not quite right.
Such is the case of the police killing of Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert on Saturday, June 18th in Tupelo, Miss. What the police are saying (and what they have so far not said) just isn’t quite adding up.
An unarmed African-American is at least six times more likely to be killed by police as an unarmed white person. In fact, an unarmed African-American is almost as likely to be killed by American police as an armed white person. In some cities, a black man is more likely to be killed by police than he is to suffer a fatal car accident.
The Daily News contacted the Tupelo Police for comment but received no response.
(H/T Shaun King)